This realistic and sophisticated opera in the mode of Cavalleria rusticana had a triumphant Monte Carlo premiere in 1905 yet unaccountably faded away. Set in the Savoy mountains around 1900, it centers on two brothers whose love for the same woman culminates in tragedy.
"The plot of Mascagni's only French-language opera is pure peasant-verismo…. Pizzech's staging is absolutely traditional. The pastoral overture—the first thing you hear are cowbells—is mesmerizing, and beautifully performed…. Soprano Anna Malavasi is riveting in her vocal and dramatic power as Amica. Tenor David Sotgiu is excellent as her main suitor."—Toronto Star